Paul Tapner and Inonothing win Badminton 2010!

1. INONOTHING Paul Tapner (AUS) +0 44.9
2. EURORIDINGS BUTTS LEON Andreas Dibowski (GER) +0 49.5 
3. SPRING ALONG Daisy Berkeley +0 50.4 
4. IMPERIAL CAVALIER Mary King +4  51.2
5. LENAMORE Caroline Powell (NZL) +0 51.4 
6. COMANCHE James Robinson 43.5 +4 52.3

Monday morning audio interviews: Zara PhillipsMark ToddWilliam
Quick take

–Paul and Inonothing are the 3rd Australian pair to win Badminton in the last 4 years.

Great Britain finished 5 pairs in the top 10, Australia 3, Germany 1, and New Zealand 1.

–Paul Tapner also finished 9th Stormhill Michael.  We look forward to seeing you in KY Paul.

–Two 17 year-old horses, Spring Along and Lenamore, finished in the top 5.

–Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz jumped from 52nd after the dressage to 8th by producing the only double-doudle-clear of the weekend.  Mark Kyle of GBR moved up 52 places from 75th after dressage by adding just 0.4 jumping penalties.

Zara Phillips and Glenbuck finished third to last in 48th place.

–There were 14 double-clear show jumping rides today, 7 of them resulted in top 10 finishes.

The last 4 rides: When Comanche and James Robinson, 4th after the XC, entered the arena, the last three rides had been double-clear, leaving Andreas Dibowski and Eruoridings Butts Leon (GER) in the lead.  James and Comanche pulled a rail and dropped several spots.  Free Easy NRW and Simone Deitermann then had 12 penalties to drop them out of contention.  Imperial Cavalier and Mary King dropped one rail, giving Paul Tapner a rail in hand.  Paul didn’t need it and jumped a double-clear on Inonothing to win Badminton!
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Tina Cook’s crash photos made it onto the New York Times website
William explains that Seacookie felt strange in the XC warmup
Much more in a bit… 

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